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Lincoln Eastern Bypass archaeology now on display at The Collection

11 May 2017

You can see an eclectic range of remains and relics until the end of August.

People from near and far can see an eclectic range of remains and relics until the end of August.

Lincoln Eastern Bypass archaeology

Display from 24 to 29 July

The display at The Collection is a pre-cursor to this year’s Archaeology Week, which will take place from 24 to 29 July and will include children’s games and quizzes and a talk from Ruben Lopez, site director from Network Archaeology overseeing the Lincoln Eastern Bypass investigation.

Among the finds that on display at The Collection are:

  • Mesolithic & Neolithic flint tools/arrowheads
  • A Neolithic flint axe
  • A Bronze Age dagger blade
  • Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman pottery vessels
  • Roman tiles, animal bones, brooches, coins and a bone comb
  • Photos of Anglo-Saxon skeletons and a Bronze Age boat found on-site
  • Medieval and post-medieval pottery, roof tiles, bone pins, coins and a bone corer

A team of over 60 archaeologists has been on-site since September to ensure that any remains affected by the new road are protected or recorded.

Company director and senior project manager for Network Archaeology, Chris Taylor, said:

“This may end up being the largest rural excavation ever conducted in Lincolnshire, certainly in terms of density of multi-period archaeology and quantity of artefacts within a single location.

“These excavations will add greatly to our understanding of the prehistory and history of not just this locality, but of the entire region. In fact, it will probably add more regional knowledge and understanding than a large number of smaller excavations across the region put together.

“The excavations near the Witham in particular are revealing specific findings of considerable regional importance, and some may well prove to be of national or even international significance.”

The excavations between the River Witham and Washingborough Road will be completed in the coming months and will be followed by investigations at other sites along the route.

In addition to the display at The Collection, Lincolnshire County Council and its Lincoln Eastern Bypass partners and contractors will host an open weekend on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June at Canwick Village Hall. The event will offer people a chance to learn more the scheme, in addition to seeing even more archaeological finds up close during a display at the hall and tours of the dig site. More details will be announced closer to the date.

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project aims to minimise traffic congestion, support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre, and enhance the inter-city environment. The project is on programme to open during Autumn 2019.

For the latest news on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/leb.

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